Oiling Ceiling Fans

In time, you may notice that your ceiling fan is not able to maintain the right speed or it has started to make a squeaking sound but this does not mean that you have to replace it. What these two things are telling you are that the electric appliance needs oiled. Yes, there are ceiling fans that has a built-in system that automatically oils it when it is running but this does not mean that it will never require oiling. You may even have to oil this type of ceiling fan if the bearings dry out or get dirty. You may also need to oil it if it has been in use for a long time. Before purchasing your ceiling fan make sure that you ask your retailer what type you have.

Oiling your ceiling fan has two benefits.

• You are saved from hazardous situations like the stiffening of the fan blades or burning of the motor. You can even be saved from it falling down.

• It also can increase the life of the fan.

It is not hard to oil a fan. You just have to make sure that you are using the proper safety measures and following a few simple steps. The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have all your supplies on hand, which include:

• Paper towels

• Step ladder

• Rags

• All-purpose cleaner

• Machine oil/non-detergent oil, which you can find at most hardware stores or in the balancing kit that came with your ceiling fans

Turn your ceiling fan off and find the oil hole in the fan, which is usually on top of motor neat the down-rod. Normally it is labeled. In addition to oiling the fan you should also clean the other parts of it like the motor and blades. This will help to keep the fan dust and dirt free so it runs smoothly and lasts longer. Except for the motor, clean all the other parts with the all-purpose cleaner. Dust the motor off with the rag and then spray some of the cleaner on a paper towel to clean the outside of the motor.

Fill the oil reservoir with one to two ounces of oil and turn the fan on low. This will help to circulate the oil properly. You may need to add a little more oil if it has not been oiled in a while. If it overflows onto the motor just wipe it off with a damp cloth.

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